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11 Style-Setting Tiles Destined for Your Backsplash

When it comes time to design your dream kitchen, remember that details can make all the difference. While big-ticket elements, such as appliances and cabinets, are crucial, it's the finishing touches like the backsplash that will make your kitchen feel complete. If, like so many homeowners, you are considering a tile backsplash, you have some tough decisions ahead of you! There are so many different types of tile, including ceramic, glass, and even metal, in a huge variety of colors and styles. In addition to traditional tiles that are installed with grout, there are also tiles that use adhesives. There are even peel-and-stick options. Browse this gallery of 11 unique tile products that will put your backsplash front and center.

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Leaves of Gold

These metal tiles from Rocky Mountain Hardware feature a raised relief in the shape of aspen leaves, juxtaposing hard and soft elements of nature. The dimensionality is an elegant way to add unexpected texture to an important kitchen feature.

Catch a Wave

The Waveline series of glass tiles from Island Stone resembles the flowing waves of the ocean, perfect for catching splashes of water from the sink. The tiles’ unusual angles offer a fresh and modern departure from the typical squares or rectangles.

Picnic Lunch

Every day can be a picnic with these ceramic basketweave tiles that resemble the warp and weft of picnic baskets. These tiles bring an intriguing depth and shimmer to the kitchen—as well as a touch of playfulness.

Mirror Mirror on the…

Mirrored tiles from Ann Sacks lend industrial chic design to any kitchen. The hand-silvered tiles have been given a faux aged treatment so they appear well-loved yet still crisp and modern.

Related: Mirror Magic—10 Ways of Using Mirrors to Your Design Advantage

Rock Your World

Stone—so sturdy underfoot—is just as delightful up a little higher. This small-scale stone tile backsplash from Lowe’s lifts the weighty material up onto the walls in a way that still seems surprisingly airy. The stone pieces incorporate different shades of gray and orange, resulting in a warm, variegated backsplash where no two sections look exactly the same.

A-Peeling Design

Peel-and-stick backsplash tiles make installation a breeze because they do not require additional grout or glue. The glass tiles shown here are available from Aspect in six modern colors and are great for DIYers who don’t want to get their hands dirty.

The Sky’s the Limit

Ceiling tiles don’t have to be just for ceilings. This backsplash is made up of tin tiles from The American Tin Ceiling Co. The large, lightweight panels can be easily installed on a kitchen wall using an adhesive like Liquid Nails. Tin is magnetic, so you can even use the surface to tack up your favorite recipes.

Outstanding Ovals

These dimensional rectangular tiles from Heath Ceramics feature a raised oval shape that will make your kitchen feel like an upscale café. Based on designs from 1950s, the tiles come in glossy, matte, and crackle glazes.

Related: How To Install Ceramic Tile

On the Boardwalk

Reclaimed barnwood tiles from Mission Stone and Tile are available in several sizes and colors, including natural and whitewashed shades. Square-cut pieces closely resemble the standard tile shape, while 2×18 planks create an even more rustic effect.

Related: 16 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood

Fine Lines

Break away from classic subway tile to add wow factor to your kitchen backsplash. These shimmery, skinny metal tiles from Garden State Tile balance a range of hues and widths to create a highly detailed, striated backdrop.

Related: How To Install Glass Tile

Such a Croc

Large-scale croc-inspired tiles from Italian manufacturer Petracer bring a touch of the wild to your kitchen. The tiles’ glossy finish mimics the sheen of real crocodile skin—but they’re infinitely more practical for a kitchen than the real thing! Other animal prints are also available.